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Wu's Inauguration Dress

Wu's Inauguraton Dress: Photo by Getty Images

How much do we love Jason Wu? First, he designs the best inaugural gown that a First Lady has worn ever. And then, when I met him at a fab fashion dinner thrown by top Chicago retailer Ikram Goldman at RATN, our new favorite Indian restaurant in Paris, I discover he is humble, polite and delightfully charming too. In the sea of black and trendiness—including Sally Singer of Vogue, Tim Blanks of, Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy (who the New Yorker are profiling in its September Style issue) and British designer Duro Olowu —Wu arrived in skinny suit and skinny tie. (He’s just a wisp of a thing too.)

Over chicken curry and naan, the 26-year-old designer gushed about Paris—it was his first visit—and how he wished he could stay longer. I could gush over his pretty, feminine dresses all day long. With rumors that Wu is up for the design job at Valentino—now that would be the smartest move in fashion in ages—chances are we’ll see him in the City of Light a lot more in the future.